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ERIC Number: ED558361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 267
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3038-2570-5
White Teachers, Latino Students: A Case Study of the Extent of Cultural Responsiveness Learned in a Teacher Education Program
Ducey, Edward Michael, Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Memphis
The purpose of this qualitative study was to address how white preservice teachers understand themselves in relation to other cultures and their perceptions of preparedness to teach Latino students. In this study, the researcher used collective case study methodology to attempt to address whether there is a hidden curriculum of the dominant discourse in society being brought into the classroom by future teachers, either consciously or unconsciously, that is perpetuating a cycle of marginalization of the current Latino student population. Across the cases several similar themes became clear upon further analysis of the presented themes from the individual case analysis. The first theme of "Heritage/Culture" showed that the participants in this study had not consciously considered themselves in relation to the Latino culture and had generally benefitted from their place in the dominant discourse of society. The second theme, "Becoming Aware," indicated that the participants knew little of the Latino culture. What they did know had been influenced by their own experiences. Participants seemed to believe all Latino students have different learning needs because of language barriers. Even though not all Latino students are truly English Language Learners, participants felt that Latino students would want their white teachers to acknowledge and respect the presence of their culture in the classroom. The third theme presented in the data, "Being Unprepared," showed that the participants had not been adequately prepared to teach students of different backgrounds, especially Latino students. Finally, a fourth theme that seemed to appear in the data, "The Goal of Education," indicated that participants held similar views of education as that of Latino families, but were unsure as how to effectively implement those values. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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